KARACHI: Business tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain has requested the federal government and Sindh government to allow him to take responsibility for the maintenance of the Quaid-e-Azam’s house, Wazir Mansion, for the next five years.
He said great nations preserve heritage left by their benefactors. “I felt dejected to see the sorry state of Quaid’s house in Karachi,” he said, adding that the government must preserve this heritage for all the generations to come.
“I look forward to do this as a national duty towards Pakistan,” he said. Malik Riaz said the house of the nation’s founder was surrounded by heaps of garbage and sewage and the deplorable condition failed to attract any visitors unlike the residences of George Washington in the US and Mao Tse-Tung in China.
He further added that preservation of these historical monuments, particularly linked to the father of the nation, evoked a sense of inspiration, cultural nostalgia and patriotism in the nation and it is our responsibility to protect it.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2016.